Karen White

Karen White

Position: Control Systems

Group: Control Systems

Division: Research Reactors Division

Facility: Spallation Neutron Source

Email: whiteks@ornl.gov

Phone: (865) 241-6747


  • 2017 – present: PPU Controls Integration Manager
  • 2007 – present: SNS Control Systems Group Leader
  • 2004 -2007: JLab 12 GeV Upgrade Project Manager for Instrumentation, Controls and Safety Systems
  • 2005 – 2007: JLab Accelerator Division Manager
  • 2001 – 2005: JLab Deputy Director of Operations
  • 1997 – 2005: JLab Accelerator Controls Group Leader
  • 1989 – 1997: JLab Control System Computer Scientist
  • 1987 – 1989: NASA Langley Research Center, Contract
  • 1985 – 1987: US Navy, Computer Programmer 

Ms. White is a successful leader of accelerator control system groups and projects. She has extensive experience with large Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System (EPICS) based control systems and a variety of organizational approaches and project management tools applied in a scientific environment. Prior to joining the Spallation Neutron Source in 2007, she spent 18 years at Jefferson Lab in a variety of technical and leadership roles. Karen has served on many external advisory and review committees for other laboratories including ESS, APS-U, FRIB, LCLS-II, NSLS-II and LIGO. She active is leadership roles in the EPICS Collaboration and the International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Controls Systems (ICALEPCS).


M.E. Engineering Management, George Washington University, 1997

M.S. Computer Science, Old Dominion University, 1992

B.S. Computer Engineering, Old Dominion University, 1986